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Make a getaway to the Limousin and plunge into the most lush vacation destination you could imagine - a land of trees, water and pure, clean air, from the rolling countryside of the Haute Vienne to the rugged terrain of the Ambazac hills.  This traditional French heartland has largely escaped the growth of tourism and has an air of tranquillity.  The region attracts visitors in search of unspoiled countryside. You can choose peaceful picnic spots and bathing or dynamic watersports in and around the crystal clear waters.

Visit Limoges, famous for its porcelain, test your skill at Le Labyrinth, the world’s largest maze or take to a hot air balloon and admire it all from above. 

Richard Coeur de Lion

Richard the Lionheart came to the English throne in 1189 having inherited lands in France through his mother - Eleanor of Aquitaine. He and the King of France were allies in the Crusades but Richard later went to war with the King and local barons over lands in the region. Follow his ‘route’ - a well sign-posted 180km - along a line of fortified towns, chateaux and castles marking episodes in his campaigns. Directions take you along quiet roads through delightful, unspoil Limousin countryside, stopping at places such as the fortified Chateau of Coussac-Bonneval, and Chateau Feodal near Chalus where Richard received a mortal wound from an arrow.

 

Château de Montbrun

The Château de Montbrun is a castle in the commune of Dournazac in the Haute-Vienne departement of France. The castle was built in the 12th and 15th centuries, and was restored in the late 19th.

In plan rectangular, it is flanked in the corners with round towers and protected by water. Its narrow romanesque keep, 40m square, close up against one of the towers, gives it a strange appearance.

 

Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park

The Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park is a land of springs and chestnut trees, an area devoted to livestock rearing, crop farming and traditional wood work. Near Jumilhac, there is even a goldmine which produced up to two tonnes of gold a year! You can enjoy an introduction to gold-washing in the nearby rivers.

 

Oradour-sur-Glane

On Saturday the 10th of June 1944, the small town of   in the Haute-Vienne Department of France was destroyed. The attack was carried out by soldiers of the Der Führer Regiment of the 2nd Waffen-SS Panzer Division Das Reich. On that day they killed a total of 642 men, women and children without giving any reasons for their actions and to this day there is no universally accepted explanation for the massacre. You can visit the site of the village which remains in the same state today as a memorial to those who died and to remind us of the horror that man can inflict.